Small Farms

Small Farms Program at NWREC

The goal of the Small Farms program is to improve the economic and environmental sustainability of small farms by employing appropriate scale production and marketing techniques. The program works toward improving small farm horticultural production and small-scale livestock, poultry & forage production. 


Small Farms, Local Food and COVID-19: What do you need to know?

Objectives of the Small Farm Program:

  •   Offer a wide variety of classes, many topics suggested by our local farmers, to become the resource they need for education and answers 
  •   Improve stewardship practices of small acreage landowners;
  •   Land management: improve soil and water quality and conservation;
  •   Small farm alternative and specialty marketing (through local and regional food systems and farm direct marketing channels).
  •   Facilitate farmers knowing other farmers

Upcoming Events

Small Farm School

Small Farm School is a full day event with hands on and classroom workshops for beginning farmer and small acreage rural landowners. 

Thursday, July 12   |   8:00 am - 4:30 pm    |   Clackamas Community College, Oregon City

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Mechanical Cultivation Field Day

Learn about mechanical cultivation tools and methods to increase efficiency and productivity.

Thursday, August 16
OSU Vegetable Research Farm, Corvallis
NWREC Vegetable Variety Field Day

Past Events

Past Events

Oregon State University Small Farms Conference

February 24, 2018, Corvallis

Field to Market Workshop

The Essentials, February 10, 2018

North Willamette Research and Extension Center

Visit the Field to Market website to register

North Willamette Horticulture Society Meetings 

January 9-11, 2018

Canby, OR

Organic Day: January 10, 2018

Visit the NWHS website for program details information.

NOVIC Field Day 

Tuesday, Sept 12 

all day   ~10:00 - 4:00


NWREC Vegetable Variety Field Day

The OSU Small Farms team hopes you can join us for the annual NWREC Field Day
Thursday, September 14th from 3:00-6:00 pm followed by a Vitalis-sponsored social hour with beverages and bites prepared by chef Timothy Wastell.

OSU North Willamette Research & Extension Center (15120 NE Miley Rd, Aurora, OR 97002)

Culinary Breeding Network Variety Showcase

Monday, Oct 2
7:00-10:00 pm
The Nines, Portland

Integrating Beneficial Habitat on the Farm March 16, 2017

GROWING FARMS - Successful Whole Farm Management Hybrid Course February-March 2017

On-farm Food Safety Training for Oregon Produce Farmers February 16 and 17 2017

Event Details

Integrating Beneficial Habitat on the Farm March 16, 2017

Thursday, March 16, 2017 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

OSU North Willamette Research & Extension Center (15120 NE Miley Rd, Aurora, OR 97002

A two-part course that raises awareness of conservation practices the promote biodiversity and beneficial insects in farming systems. Designed for produce farmers (vegetable, tree fruit, berry), conservationists and other agricultural professionals.


Program Contacts